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Cabinet decides citizen money

Face more at eye level: The Hartz IV system is to be replaced with a new citizens’ allowance.  Photo: Karl-Josef Hilden

Face more at eye level: The Hartz IV system is to be replaced with a new citizens’ allowance. photo

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In the middle of the energy crisis, the government is launching what is probably its biggest social reform. In the future, the state wants to treat the unemployed and the needy more on an equal footing.

The Federal Cabinet has given the green light for the introduction of the citizen money given in Germany. It is to replace the current Hartz IV system on January 1st.

The standard rates of basic security should increase significantly. Single people should receive 502 euros a month and young people 420 euros. Today, single people receive 449 euros. In addition, job seekers in the job centers should be exposed to less pressure in the future. The principle according to which placement in a job has priority is to be abolished. Instead, further training should be strengthened.

In any case, the costs for the apartment should be covered in full for the first two years. Savings of up to 60,000 euros should also be allowed to be kept during this time. In addition, no sanctions should be imposed in the first six months if, for example, a job offer is rejected.

The cabinet decision clears the way for parliamentary deliberations on social reform.

dpa



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